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Encyclopedia > Thames, New Zealand

Coordinates: 37°8'18′S, 175°32'15′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...

Location of Thames
Location of Thames

Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island. It is located on the Firth of Thames close to the mouth of the Waihou River, at 37.08 S, 175.32 E. The town is the seat of the Thames-Coromandel District Council. A major employer is the Toyota New Zealand plant, which assembled CKD cars until 1998, and now refurbishes imported used cars. Image File history File links Location map of Thames, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Location map of Thames, New Zealand File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Location of Coromandel Peninsula A true-colour image showing Auckland city (left), the Hauraki Gulf (centre) and the Coromandel Peninsula (right). ... North Island The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand, the other being the South Island. ... A true-colour image showing the Hauraki Gulf (centre). ... Categories: New Zealand geography stubs | Waikato | Thames-Coromandel | New Zealand rivers ... Categories: New Zealand geography stubs | Thames-Coromandel | Territorial Authorities of New Zealand ... Toyota New Zealand is the importer and distributor of new Toyota and Daihatsu vehicles in New Zealand. ... This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean [1]. // Coated in ice, power and telephone lines sag and often break, resulting in power outages. ...


The town was initially built during a gold rush, and its population peaked at about 18,000 in 1868, for a while it was thought it would replace Auckland as the major town in the area. A California Gold Rush handbill A gold rush is a period of feverish migration of workers into the area of a dramatic discovery of commercial quantities of gold. ... 1868 (MDCCCLXVIII) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar or a leap year starting on Friday of the 12-day-slower Julian calendar. ... Schematic map of Auckland. ...


Many people migrated to Thames at its peak, and it was soon the second-largest city in New Zealand (the largest always being Auckland). However, as the gold began to diminish, so did the number of inhabitants, and although Thames never shrank, it has never grown much either. It is still the biggest town on the Coromandel. The 2006 census gave the population of Thames as 6700, this excludes nearby settlements such as Tararu, Totara and Kopu which when included bring the population to around 10,000. Many residents work in tourism and locally owned businesses servicing the local farming community. Tourists on Oʻahu, Hawaii Tourism is travel for predominantly recreational or leisure purposes, and also refers to the provision of services in support of this act. ...

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History

Thames was formed from two historic towns, Grahamstown and Shortland, of which many original buildings still stand. Shortland was in the south of Thames and was founded on the 27th of July 1867 when James Mackay, civil commissioner for the Hauraki District concluded an agreement with local Maori. This agreement secured the rights to local mineral deposits leading to the proclamation of the Thames Goldfield on August 1. Grahamstown was founded the following year at the northern end of present Thames, approximately one mile from Shortland. The two towns merged in 1874 after it emerged the heart of the Goldfield was in Grahamstown. Shortland waned in importance until the the turn of the century when the Hauraki Plains were developed for farming and the Shortland railway station was opened.

Poupou (wall post) from Hotunui
Poupou (wall post) from Hotunui

The land involved in goldmining in Thames was Māori owned; important parts of the goldfield were owned by the Taipari family. In 1878, when Wiremu Hōterene Taipari married a woman of the Ngāti Awa tribe of Whakatāne, Ngāti Awa carvers arrived at Thames and built a meeting house at Pārāwai as a wedding gift for the couple. The house, named Hotunui in honour of an important Ngāti Maru ancestor, now stands in the Auckland War Memorial Museum. Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 613 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (988 × 966 pixel, file size: 1. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Size of this preview: 613 × 599 pixel Image in higher resolution (988 × 966 pixel, file size: 1. ...


Thames High School was built in 1880. It currently educates about 660 students, some of which travel from more than an hour away. Other schools in Thames include Parawai, Thames South, St Francis and Moanataiari Primary schools. Thames High School is the second oldest secondary school in Thames, New Zealand, located on the Coromandel Peninsula and built in 1880. ... Year 1880 (MDCCCLXXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display the full calendar). ...


Thames Hospital is the oldest still operating in New Zealand, having been built in the 1860s. The hospital is currently undergoing a $30 million redevelopment. 2006 is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Flood Hazard

Junction Hotel
Junction Hotel

"Prime Minister Helen Clark said that the Thames coast had experienced five major flood events since 1981, three of which occurred in a recent 15 month period - the January 2002 storm, the June 2002 ‘weather bomb’, and the Easter 2003 floods, all producing exceptional flood events. In the June 2002 flood, one person died. The direct and indirect costs associated with the five floods are estimated at $56 million. For the June 2002 flood alone, there were $13.2 million of direct costs to the Thames Coromandel District and other significant costs to the Crown, individual home owners, and businesses." Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x788, 108 KB)JunctionHotelPICT8264. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (1280x788, 108 KB)JunctionHotelPICT8264. ...

Born in Thames

Kylie Bax (born January 5, 1975) is a New Zealand-born supermodel and actress. ... Sonny Toi Parker (born 27 August 1977 in Thames, New Zealand) is a welsh rugby union footballer who plays for the Wales national rugby union team. ... Lloyd Stephenson (born May 10, 1981 in Thames Valley) is a field hockey player from New Zealand, who earned his first cap for the national team, nicknamed The Black Sticks, in April 2001. ... David Russell Lange (IPA: lɔŋi) CH, ONZ (4 August 1942 — 13 August 2005), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. ...

See also

A Taniwha (IPA: //) is, in traditional Māori thought, a legendary monster that lives in the ocean or inland waters of New Zealand, hiding in deep pools, rivers, lakes, and dark caves. ... David Russell Lange (IPA: lɔŋi) CH, ONZ (4 August 1942 — 13 August 2005), served as Prime Minister of New Zealand from 1984 to 1989. ...

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  Results from FactBites:
 
Thames, New Zealand - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (470 words)
Thames is a town at the southwestern end of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand's North Island.
It is located on the Firth of Thames close to the mouth of the Waihou River.
A major employer is the Toyota New Zealand plant, which assembled CKD cars until 1998, and now refurbishes imported used cars.
Location - Thames, New Zealand (314 words)
Thames is a unique historical town in the North Island of New Zealand.
It was one of New Zealand's largest towns in the period of the gold mining and Kauri Tree logging, over a century ago.
The Thames Coast is 35 km of shoreline, particularly stunning in December when the native pohutukawa trees, also known as New Zealand's Christmas Tree, display their brilliant red flowers.
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